[KS] List of Founders of Temples
mntnwolf at yahoo.com
Thu Aug 2 06:12:18 EDT 2007
Dear Richard McBride,
> Although I do not know of any list of the founders of
> the major monasteries, there is a source that in most
> cases will give the names that you are looking for.
> Please look in:
> Yi Chŏng , ed. Hanfguk Pulgyo sachfal
> Ø ÅúÍT (Dictionary of Korean Buddhist
> monasteries). Seoul: Pulgyo Sidaesa, 1996.
Thank you very much for your suggestion. Indeed, i
have had that same Dictionary since just after it was
published, and it has been my faithful companion thru
many research-related inquiries. Its coverage is broad,
its details are deep and its mistakes are few; it is
highly recommended to all.
And of course many of the temples their own websites
these days, which include what they claim to be their
history; and there are government installed historic
signs at most of the traditional temples that tell
what the official or standard view of that temples'
history is -- all very useful.
I was just hoping that somebody had already compiled a
summary listing of the claimed founders of the ancient
temples, a kind of database that could be manipulated
and edited for various purposes; and maybe even posted
it on-line for all of us, so that I would not have to
spend many days going through that Dictionary page-by-
page and compiling that list with my own hands.
Seems a bit strange to me if no one has done this yet,
but I guess that's the way it often is in Korean Studies
-- so much important stuff remains to be done.
Ah well -- if no such listing has yet been made, at
least in any public-accessible way, then I will do
what I must. Such are our burdens... :-)
Sultry Summer Regards,
David A. Mason
Professor of Korean Tourism, KyungHee University
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